Rumble in the Bronx
is a 1996 film starring Jackie Chan
and developed specifically as an attempt for him to break into the Western film market, after some failed attempts in the past (which tried to mimic Stallone
type serious action films, this film is unabashedly Jackie Chan style). Considering it opened at #1 at the box office, Chan succeeded beautifully and joined the Hollywood mainstream.
Jackie plays Keung, who travels to New York
to visit his uncle and help out with the grocery store. He finds himself having to defend the store, and eventually himself, from a local gang. Things get complicated when a very dangerous criminal group and the FBI get mixed up in the events.
Like most of his films, the story is just a set-piece for some spectacular stunts and fast action. Among the highlights include him beating up the gang in their own warehouse and his creative use of appliances and sporting gear.
Tropes used in the film:
- Betty and Veronica: Elaine and Nancy, respectively.
- California Doubling: Filmed in Vancouver, BC.
- Easily Forgiven: Jackie seems rather forgiving of the gangmembers despite them attempting to murder repeatedly, coming close a few times.
- Gory Discretion Shot: When one of the gang members gets shoved into a woodchipper.
- Groin Attack: Jackie received one from Nancy the stripper/lingerie model. The result and reaction are standard.
- Improvised Weapon: A Jackie Chan staple. Though he's also on the receiving end when he's cornered in an alley and falls victim to beer bottles hit toward him with bats.
- Hilarious Outtakes: Jackie broke his leg jumping onto the hovercraft, so he made do filming the rest of the movie with long jeans and a sock over his cast that looked like a shoe.
- Literal Ass Kissing: A crude punk among the gang tries to make Jackie do this. The punk gets his bare ass whipped with a broken off car antenna for his trouble.
- Motorcycle Dominoes: Nancy kicks over the gang's stacked bikes when escaping the nightclub.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: A few times. Jackie fighting the gangsters after they stole some candy and some drinks leads to Disproportionate Retribution, him becoming friendly with the gang-leader's girlfriend leads to even more for both him and his boss. Finally, when he tries to help the gang, he does the most damage, leading the diamond thieves to them.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Delivered to Jackie in the alleyway.
- Oh Crap: Keung has a mild one on discovering the mirror he was posing (and picking his nose) in front of is actually one-way glass.
- One of the diamond thieves isn't fazed by Jackie hitting him, or even getting whacked in the face with a football helmet. Then Jackie gets a giant pipe wrench, and he falls to his knees weeping.
- Pac Man Fever: The infamous cartridge-less Game Gear.
- Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh...: Facing down a Giant Mook Jackie progresses to using different weapons against the guy, eventually getting up to smacking him around with a football helmet and hardly fazing him. Humorously, the guy backs down when Jackie is given a giant monkey wrench.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: The injury mentioned above naturally meant that Jackie couldn't do any actual fighting during the climax, so it was retooled into a car chase.
- Shaming the Mob: Jackie does this to the gang. This, in combination with the murder of one of their members (see Gory Discretion Shot) by the criminal group, prompts a Heel-Face Turn by the gang's leader.
- Switch to English: Jackie comes to America and meets up with his uncle. The two speak in Chinese for a while but his uncle soon asks, "How's your English?". Jackie mentions that his English is passable so his uncle insists they speak it from that point on. The rest of the film is in English (though clearly dubbed, even with the people who were speaking English on set).
- Would Hurt a Child: The criminal group brutally beats up Danny, a little boy in a wheelchair.